M5 bridge plans to go on show

PUBLISHED: 11:48 17 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:37 10 June 2010

PLANS for a pedestrian and cycle bridge north of Junction 29 of the M5 motorway, will go on show at a public exhibition on Wednesday (19 August).

PLANS for a pedestrian and cycle bridge north of Junction 29 of the M5 motorway, will go on show at a public exhibition on Wednesday (19 August).

Devon County Council is hosting the exhibition at the Gipsy Hill Hotel between 3pm and 8pm.

The exhibition will preview a planning application for a 120metre single span arch bridge at Redhayes, which will be submitted later this month. If approved, construction is due to start next summer.

The bridge will re-connect a road which was severed when the motorway was built, and will provide a link from cycle and walking routes in Exeter to the Exeter Science Park and other developments in the Exeter and East Devon New Growth Point.

Devon County Council has secured £5.5million from the Government's Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF). The CIF will support sustainable transport links to ensure the delivery of Growth Points that provide employment and homes.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "This bridge is a vital element for the Exeter and East Devon New Growth Point and aims to encourage people to cycle and walk more. It will provide a green travel route, and combined with proposed public transport links for the area it should reduce congestion around the new developments."

Devon County Council has appointed Parsons Brinckerhoff to carry out the structural design, and LDA Design, the lead architect for Exeter Science Park, has provided architectural input.

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